Shawls are currently making a huge comeback in the fashion world, but many people do not realize that the shawl has been worn for many centuries and in many cultures. This collection of patterns and traditions features shawls from around the world. From the Himalayas to Spain, from Iceland to Japan, and from Mexico to Norway, many of the shawls featured here have been taken from examples of historic knitted shawls. Other designs have been translated into knitwear from patterns for woven or lace shawls. Included are 25 patterns as well as historical and cultural information about shawls that have been used for prayer and mourning, as bridal veils, and as christening garments. Each design is presented with a full-page color photo, written instructions, and charts.
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Cheryl Oberle is the owner of Cheryl Oberle Designs and has written for Interweave Knits and Knitters magazines. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Oberle is a freelance knitwear designer and knitting instructor whose teaching emphasis has been on shawls and lace. Folk Shawls, her first book, features designs for 25 beautiful shawls derived from folk traditions around the world, including Ireland, Scotland, Japan, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Victorian England, Russia, Mexico, South America, Norway, the Himalayas, Spain, Native America, and the American heartland. Oberle introduces each shawl with a brief description of its cultural background, and her instructions include a full-color photo of the shawl, a materials list, and both written and charted instructions. This outstanding contribution to the literature of knitting is generally recommended for public libraries and textile collections.
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